- Sun: Full sun
- Harvest Size: 14 ounces
- Days to Harvest: 65
- Plant Size: 8 to 10 feet
- Plant Type: Indeterminate
Park’s Whopper is a big name in big tomatoes, but we think the performance of Park’s Whopper Improved is even better with greater disease resistance and bigger harvest. This one bears early for a tomato of its size. Give the plant room, as well as ample support for large, heavy tomatoes, and you will enjoy tomato sandwiches through summer into fall. Plants in our Alabama test garden, where conditions are ideal and the harvest lasts two months, bear 60 to 80 pounds of tomatoes per plant.
Plant from spring (after the last frost) through early summer. If you buy early, you can keep plants on a sunny windowsill until the weather warms. To plant early, protect plants with row cover.
Disease resistance: VFFNT. Plant spacing: 36 inches apart in conventional rows, 24 to 30 inches in intensive gardens. Plants per person: 2 to 3.
Secrets to Success »
Plant deeply so that two-thirds of the plant is buried, stem and all. The buried stem will sprout roots, adding to the strength of the plant. Fertilize when planting and during the growing season with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food.
Water regularly. Tomatoes need steady watering to develop to full size and to prevent cracking and blossom end rot. To keep the soil moist, mix compost into planting holes, and mulch around the plants after the soil warms. Watering with a soaker hose is best to keep the foliage dry. Wet leaves encourage disease.
Support the vigorous plants on 8-foot stakes, a tall trellis, or a sturdy wire cage to keep fruit off the ground. This keeps the fruit clean and helps keep the tomato plants healthy. You may need to tie individual stems to the cage or a stake as they weigh down with the extra-large fruit.
Harvest and Use »
Pick these big, juicy, meaty red tomatoes when fully colored on the vine for best flavor. Use the big slices for burgers or sandwiches or for impressive slices on a plate. You only need one slice per sandwich, so one tomato can make more than one sandwich. The red tomato is considered a “superfood” for its wealth of vitamins and antioxidants, including cancer-fighting lycopene.
Try These Garden Companions »
- Sweet basil for tomato-and-basil salad or sandwich.
- Parsley, rosemary, chives, thyme, and oregano for Continental cuisine.
- Big Beef, Goliath, Park's Whopper, or Red Beefsteak (indeterminate types) for more large, red hybrid tomatoes.
- German Johnson, Cherokee Purple, Red or Pink Brandywine for big heirloom tomatoes.
- Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Lemon Boy, and Mr. Stripey for a variety of color and flavor.
- Chocolate Cherry, Husky Cherry Red, Grape, Juliet, Sun Sugar, Super Sweet 100, Yellow Pear to enjoy cherry tomatoes until frost.
- Roma for cooking and thick sauces.